Vieatnam - Coastal Classic, 10 days
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Trip Code :
VN-T-15
Departure date :
Daily
Duration :
10 days

 
Trip Code :  VN-T-15
Destination :  VIETNAM ( Hanoi , Hoi An , Hue )
Price :  726.00 US Dollar
Duration :  10 Days
 
Trip Description

Established in the 15th century, the ancient town of Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports in Southeast Asia and an important centre of East-West cultural exchange. It is located 30 km south of Danang on an estuary of the Thu Bon River, the longest river in the province. Previously called Faifo, Hoi An has been shaped by many foreign influences over the centuries. Thankfully its ancient past is superbly preserved in a fascinating collection of temples, pagodas, shop houses and architecturally magnificent private homes which make up the town's old quarter. One of the town's landmarks is the bright red Japanese Bridge, a wooden structure originally built in 1593. Not far from the Museum of History and Culture is the Central Market selling everything from fruit and flowers to tailor-made clothes and bicycle tires. Hoi An is also famous for its wood carvings from Kim Bong village.

  


HotelVar. AVar. BVar. C
Hanoi Ha Long Hotel Hanoi
ROH
Phuc Loi Hotel
Standard
Prince Hanoi Hotel
ROH
Green Park Hotel
ROH
Thien Thai Hotel
Superior
Galaxy Hotel
ROH
Golden Key Hotel
ROH
Nikko Hotel Hanoi
ROH-Leisure
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi
Deluxe
Melia Hotel
Deluxe
Halong Van Hai Hotel
ROH
Sunlight Hotel
Superior
Halong Pearl Hotel
Superior
Mithrin Hotel
ROH
Tuan Chau Resort
Pine Hill Villa - Deluxe
Halong Plaza
Superior
Heritage Halong Hotel
ROH
Hoi An Phu Thinh 2 Hotel
2nd Class
Huy Hoang 1
2nd Class
Vinh Hung 2
1st Class
Lotus Hotel
Standard
Ancient House Resort
Superior
Glory Hotel
Executive Superior
Life Heritage Resort Hoi An
Superior
Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa
Superior Gardenview
Hoi An Riverside Resort
VN Standard
Hue Ngoc Huong Hotel
ROH
Thuan Hoa Hotel
Deluxe
Imperial Garden Hotel
Deluxe
Hue Heritage
ROH
Festival Hue Hotel
ROH - Festival Wing
Huong Giang Hotel
Superior Gardenview
Saigon Morin Hotel
Superior
Pilgrimage Village
Villa Deluxe
Saigon Saigon Star Hotel
ROH
Saigon Royal Hotel
ROH
Bong Sen Annex
Economy
Chancery Hotel
Standard Room
Dai Nam Hotel
ROH
Liberty 6 Hotel
Standard
Oscar Hotel
ROH / Standard
Equatorial Hotel
Deluxe
Omni Saigon Hotel
Deluxe
Windsor Plaza Hotel
Superior
 
Itinerary
Day 1

Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi
Transfer
Sightseeing Old Quarter by cyclo (1 hour)
Discover the old quarter of Hanoi by cyclo. It is also called "36 streets," most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2

Hanoi - Halong
Sightseeing in Hanoi (half day)
Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.
ONE PILLAR PAGODA: built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. Constructed of wood on a single stone pillar, it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom.
TEMPLE OF LITERATURE: founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, who dedicated it to Confucius in order to honor scholars and men of literary accomplishment.
HOAN KIEM LAKE: right in the heart of Hanoi, this lake contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda, topped with a red star.
HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM: in the tradition of Lenin and Stalin before him and Mao after him, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has become a site of pilgrimage. The Mausoleum is open only in the mornings, and is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Every year, it closes in October and November for renovation and maintenance.
OPERA HOUSE: a magnificent 900-seat opera house built in 1911. (May be viewed from the outside only).By vehicle from Hanoi to Halong Bay
Journey east along Highway 5 across Hai Hung Province and around Halong Bay. Overnight in Halong.

Day 3

Halong - Hanoi
Boat trip Halong Bay (4 hours)
Cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping at different islands to explore some of the many caves in this area. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay. By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi
Journey around Halong Bay to Hai Phong and west along Highway 5, across Hai Hung Province. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4

Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
Transfer
Flight from Hanoi to Danang
Sightseeing in Danang, China Beach and the Marble Mountains
Vietnam's fourth largest city marks the northern limits of Vietnam's tropical zone, boasting a pleasant year-round climate.
CHAM MUSEUM: founded in 1915 by the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient, the open-air collection of Cham sculpture is the finest in the world. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking.
CHINA BEACH: made famous in the American TV series of the same name, it stretches for many kilometers north and south of the Marble Mountains. During the war, American soldiers were airlifted here for 'rest and relaxation'.
MARBLE MOUNTAINS: five stone hillocks, once islands, made of marble. Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. When the Champas ruled this area, these same caves were used as Hindu shrines.By vehicle from Danang to Hoi An
Journey south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.Sightseeing Hoi An by cyclo
Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It is best to visit some of the following sites of Hoi An by walking around and/or by cyclo.
QUAN CONG TEMPLE: founded in 1653, the main altar is dedicated to Quan Cong, whose partially gilded statue is in the central altar at the back of the sanctuary. Stone plaques on the walls list contributors to the contruction and repair of the temple. The temple was open to all Chinese traders or seamen and is dedicated to Thien Hau – it's a small chinese style temple with a lintel gate, a rockery courtyard and lucky animals depicted in statuary.
PHUOC KIEN PAGODA: Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and then restored and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese 'clans' that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen).
JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE: the first bridge on this site was constructed in 1593. It was built by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. The bridge was provided with a roof so it could be used as a shelter from rain and sun.
TRAN FAMILY CHAPEL: this house for worshipping ancestors was built about 200 years ago with donations from the family members. The Tran family traces its origins to China and moved to Vietnam around 1700. The architecture of the building reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.
SA HUYNH MUSEUM: located near the Japanese covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history.
PHUNG HUNG HOUSE: one family has been living here for already 8 generations. The house is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese style. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5

Hoi An - Hue
By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue
Journey north along Highway 1 past Danang, Lang Co and the Hai Van Pass.
HAI VAN PASS: the pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South China Sea. It is an incredible mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views.
LANG CO: a pretty, island-like stretch of palm-shaded sand with a crystal-clear lagoon on one side and many kilometers of beachfront facing the South China Sea.Sightseeing Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang with boat trip
THIEN MU PAGODA: just outside of Hue, on the bank of the Perfume River, this was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s. Behind the main sanctuary of the pagoda is the Austin motorcar which transported the monk Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation.
TOMB OF EMPEROR MINH MANG: a complex built in 1840 by King Minh Mang, known for its magnificent architecture, military statuaries and elaborate decorations. It is perhaps the most beautiful of Hue's pagodas and tombs. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6

Hue
Sightseeing Old Imperial City
IMPERIAL CITY: located in the Citadel, it was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. There are numerous palaces and temples within these walls, as well as towers, a library and a museum.
NGO MON GATE: the principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure, facing the Flag Tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for use by the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus pond.
THAI HOA PALACE: built in 1803 and moved to its present site in 1833, Thai Hoa Palace is a spacious hall with an ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns.
HALLS OF THE MANDARINS: these buildings, in which the mandarins prepared for court ceremonies held in the Can Chanh Reception Hall, were restored in 1977.
NINE DYNASTIC URNS: these were cast in 1835-36. Traditional ornamentation was then chiseled into the sides of the urns, each dedicated to a different Nguyen sovereign.
FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY: this was reserved for the personal use of the emperor. The only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs, who would pose no threat to the royal concubines. (Today the site is in ruins).Sightseeing Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh
TU DUC TOMB: Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, built his tomb when he was still alive and used it for meditation, reading and theater performances. There are pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.
KHAI DINH: this was the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty and was constructed between 1920 and 1931. It sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village. It has a long staircase flanked by dragons. There are ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes.Visit Dong Ba Market
DONG BA MARKET: a local market near the Imperial City Overnight in Hue.

Day 7

Hue - Saigon
Transfer
Flight from Hue to Saigon
Transfer
Sightseeing in Saigon and Cholon (Chinatown)
4 hrs
Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is District 5, the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means 'Big Market'.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL: built between 1877 and 1883, it is set in the heart of Saigon's government quarter. It has a neo-Romanesque form and two high square towers, tipped with iron spires. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary.
CENTRAL POST OFFICE: a French-style building with a glass canopy and iron frame, situated next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The structure was built between 1886 and 1891 and is by far the largest post office in Vietnam.
CITY HALL: completed in 1908, also known as "Hotel de Ville", and located at the northern end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard. With its ornate gingerbread facade it looks like the town hall of a French town. (May be viewed from the outside only).
WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM: collections of weapons and photographs from two Indochina wars are exhibited along with the original French 'Guillotine' brought here in the early 20th century.
BEN THANH MARKET: the central market of Saigon, its surrounding streets make up one of the city's liveliest areas. Everything commonly eaten, worn or used by the average resident of Saigon is available here.
BINH TAY MARKET: Cholon's main marketplace, much of the business conducted here is wholesale.
THIEN HAU PAGODA: built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. The pagoda is one of the most active in Cholon and is dedicated to Thien Hau. It is said that she can travel over the oceans on a mat and ride the clouds to wherever she pleases. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8

Saigon
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh
CU CHI TUNNELS: Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200km long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered.
TAY NINH: this town serves as the headquarters of one of Vietnam's religions, Caodism. The Caodai Great Temple at the sect's Holy See is one of the most striking structures in all of Asia and was built between 1933 and 1955. The area's dominant geographic feature is Nui Ba Den (Black Lady Mountain), which towers 850m above the surrounding plains.
Please note that shortly before and during the annual TET festival (Vietnamese New Year) the daily ceremony of the priests in Tay Ninh may be cancelled without prior notice. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 9

Saigon
Excursion to My Tho with boat trip on the Mekong
MY THO: capital of Tien Giang Province. The economy is based on fishing and the cultivation of rice, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit.
MEKONG DELTA: this is the southernmost region of Vietnam, formed by sediment deposited by the Mekong River. Silt deposits extend the delta shoreline at the mouth of the river by as much as 79m per year. The area is known as Vietnam's 'bread basket' and produces the rice which feeds the entire country. Visit one or two of the islands with traditional handcrafts, bee farms and coconut candy production.
DRAGON ISLAND: the island has many longan orchards which can be visited and the lush, palm fringed shores of the island are lined with wooden fishing boats.
PHOENIX ISLAND: until his imprisonment and the consequent dispersion of his flock, the coconut Monk (Ong Dao Dua) led a small community on this island.
VINH TRANG PAGODA: a beautiful and well maintained sanctuary, this is the oldest pagoda in the delta. The charitable monks here provide a home to orphans, disabled and other needy children. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10

Saigon
Transfer

Meal : B = Breakfast / L = lunch / D = Dinner
 
Departure Date
Daily
 
Price
Valid :  01/01/2007 - 31/10/2007 , Rate per person based on Sharing Twin in US Dollar
 
Private Tour
US$ p.p. 1 Pax 2 Pax 3-6 Pax
Var. A 1,469.00 846.00 726.00
Var. B 1,580.00 901.00 782.00
Var. C 2,022.00 1,129.00 1,010.00
 
 
Inclusion
Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
Economy class flights
All entrance fees
English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
Visa-approval letter for Vietnam
 
Exclusion
Visa fees
Airport taxes


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